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Customize default security configurations on social media

Facebook and Twitter have an ever-changing collection of settings you can fine-tune for better security and privacy. Don’t just use the defaults – instead look through the selections to find the ones that limit who can see your data and reduce your overall exposure. A good example is Twitter’s ability to mute specific accounts and […]

What are social networking sites?

Social networking sites, sometimes referred to as “friend-of-a-friend” sites, build upon the concept of traditional social networks where you are connected to new people through people you already know. The purpose of some networking sites may be purely social, allowing users to establish friendships or romantic relationships, while others may focus on establishing business connections.

Know how to identify a fake social media profile

Many social media accounts are fake and designed to harvest data through deceit. One way to see if a profile is fraudulent is by downloading its profile picture and then doing a quick Google image search to see if it’s actually a stock photo. If it is, the profile is risky to engage with and […]

Don’t geotag your Instagram or Facebook posts

Adding a geotag to a social media update is a nice way to enrich the post, but it comes with some risk. Someone viewing your feed might assume – correctly – that you aren’t home and try to break in. Moreover, sharing your location can expose you to certain types of targeted advertising. Err on […]

Be wary of third-party applications on social platforms

Third-party applications may provide entertainment or functionality, but use caution when deciding which applications to enable. Avoid applications that seem suspicious, and modify your settings to limit the amount of information the applications can access.

Don’t post photos of your boarding passes to social media

If you’re flying somewhere, you might feel compelled to post a photo or video of your boarding passes to a social network like Instagram. It’s a risky move, though, as strangers can use the information contained in its various codes to change your contact information with the airline or even alter your reservation. Handle your […]